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Natalie Gochnour, chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber, is not surprised that the White House has touted The Utah Compact or that the Obama administration has asked former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, one of The Compact’s authors, to lobby senators and the LDS Church to support comprehensive reform.

"I do think that the significant support that The Compact has received locally demonstrates that a conservative state can get behind serious immigration reform," she said, calling it "pro-family and very pro-economy."

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But she knows their efforts haven’t swayed any Utahn in Congress. "Maybe we need to do a better job making our viewpoint clear."

mcanham@sltrib.comTwitter: @mattcanham

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